The place of women in political issues is consistently hopeless. Despite the fact that women comprise half of their population, their political representation in Bihar politics is extremely negligible. Check out the most popular women politicians from Bihar.
In Bihar politics, male leaders dominate the higher positions. Politics is viewed as a male-dominated field, so women were not permitted to be a part of it for quite a while. In post-freedom times, the number of women leaders was extremely low, both as voters and as participants.
The representation of women in politics is vital for the equality of society, as no one but women can comprehend what women demand and need. For the welfare of women in society, women need to participate in state politics and work for them.
The rise in the number of women leaders in the assembly election is a sign of an expanded degree of political support by women. In the Lok Sabha political decisions in Bihar, there were 12 each in 1967 and 1971 and 9 each in 1977 and 1980. 16 of each in 1984 and 13 of each in 1989 Yet, in the 1990 political decision, there were 122 female contenders; the pattern differed when compared to the male counterparts. In the 1985 assembly election, there were 4,114 male contenders, compared with 96 female contestants. This is a particularly rising trend among political parties to nominate female competitors in assembly elections.
In 2006, Bihar became the first state to reserve 50% of women’s seats in panchayat bodies to motivate women to enter politics. This is one of the bold steps taken by the Bihar government in order to ensure equality and also increase the number of women represented in Bihar politics.
Here are the 10 Women Politicians from Bihar:
1. Rabri Devi
She became the first female Chief Minister of Bihar on July 25, 1997. She is the wife of Laloo Prasad Yadav (the previous Chief Minister of Bihar). Devi was elected three times to the Bihar Vidhan Sabha from the Raghopur seat. Devi’s appointment as chief minister is one of the most unexpected movements in Indian politics, as she was a housewife and had no prior experience in politics.
2. Bhagwati Devi
Bhagwati was a freedom fighter and went to jail numerous times for participating in political agitations. She has stood firm on different footings in the Samajwadi Party and the Janata Dal. Her memoir, named “Dharati ki Beti,” is composed by Smash Pyare Singh.
3. Misa Bharti
Misa Bharati is an Indian politician from Bihar. She came from a big political family and is quite famous among the Bihar population. As a politician, she failed to prove herself since she lost both the 2014 and 2017 Lok Sabha elections from the same Pataliputra constituency.
4. Shreyasi Singh
Shreyasi Singh is a gold medalist in shooting at the Commonwealth Games and also a winner of the Arjuna Award. Her father, Digvijay Singh (a former JDU leader), was famously known as Dada in Bihar’s political circles. She is a BJP applicant from the Jamui Assembly constituency.
5. Manorama Devi
She is the sitting MLA from the Gaya district. Devi’s son made news over social media in a road rage case that forced JDU to suspend her. Presently, she is the JDU candidate from the Atri constituency in Gaya District.
6. Pushpam Priya Chaudhary
Pushpam Priya, daughter of Vinod Chaudhary (former JDU MLC), did her schooling in Darbhanga before moving to London. After college, she drifted into her own political party. She is challenging Bisfi in Madhubani and Bankipur in Patna.
7. Putul Kumari
She is an Indian politician from Bihar state who has lost Lok Sabha elections from Banka a couple of times, the latest in 2019. She was elected to the Lok Sabha from Banka in a by-poll in 2010, after the death of her husband, who had won from Banka in the 2009 General Election.
8. Ritu Jaiswald
She is an Indian politician who is the state spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Ritu challenged and won the election for the place of Mukhiya in Gram Panchayat Raj Singwahini in 2016.
9. Kishori Sinha
She was an Indian politician, social activist, a lifelong advocate of women’s empowerment, and a former two-term Member of Parliament from the Vaishali constituency in 1980, becoming the first woman elected from the constituency.
10. Ram Dulari Sinha
She was a nationalist, a freedom fighter for the Indian National Congress, a Union minister, and a governor. She fought for women’s empowerment and untouchability